Diamondbacks reveal 2022 Opening Day lineup ahead of Padres game

Apr 7, 2022, 12:38 PM | Updated: 12:43 pm
Daulton Varsho #12 of the Arizona Diamondbacks dives back to first base on a pick-off attempt by th...
Daulton Varsho #12 of the Arizona Diamondbacks dives back to first base on a pick-off attempt by the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on September 24, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

The Arizona Diamondbacks are one step closer to the first pitch of the regular season.

The team officially set its Opening Day lineup as it faces the San Diego Padres on Thursday, with centerfielder Daulton Varsho leading things off and Seth Beer taking over as the team’s designated hitter.

Varsho is followed by second baseman Ketel Marte and left fielder David Peralta. Batting cleanup is first baseman Christian Walker. Last season, Walker recorded 46 RBIs (tied for sixth on the team) to go along with 10 home runs, 98 hits and 55 runs scored.

Rounding out the batting order is catcher Carson Kelly, Beer, third baseman Drew Ellis and shortstop Geraldo Perdomo. Ellis and Perdomo crack the starting lineup with third baseman Josh Rojas (right oblique strain) and shortstop Nick Ahmed (right shoulder inflammation) on the 10-day injured list.

Madison Bumgarner, who was named Arizona’s Opening Day starter last Sunday, is on the mound Thursday night but will not bat thanks to the universal DH rule implemented by the league this offseason.

A full look at the Opening Day lineup:

D-backs Opening Day lineup

1. Daulton Varsho
2. Ketel Marte
3. David Peralta
4. Christian Walker
5. Pavin Smith
6. Carson Kelly
7. Seth Beer
8. Drew Ellis
9. Geraldo Perdomo

Pitching: Madison Bumgarner

First pitch for the D-backs season opener against the Padres is slated for 6:40 p.m. Tune to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station for all the action.

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